For centuries, the festival of Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated with great reverence in India. According to the beliefs, Shri Krishna was born on the eighth day of Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada as the eighth child of Mother Devaki, who was imprisoned after suffering the atrocities of brother Kansa. The Lord had incarnated to free the earth from the terror of Kansa. According to this belief, the festival of Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated every year on the Ashtami of Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada. After birth at midnight, the infant Krishna idols are bathed and clothed, then placed in a cradle. After this the devotees break their fast by distributing food and sweets. Women make small footprints outside their kitchen doors and walks towards their homes, symbolizing the arrival of Krishna in their homes.
Significance of Krishna Janmashtami
According to the beliefs of Hinduism, Lord Krishna is considered an incarnation of Vishnu. This is the reason why this festival holds special significance. In order to get the blessings and blessings of Lord Krishna, people observe fast on this day and worship and worship according to law. The festival of God is celebrated with special enthusiasm by making special decorations in the temples. In some places, Dahi-Handi is also celebrated. At midnight, at the time of the birth anniversary of the Lord, all the people gather in the temples and perform special puja.
Some communities celebrate the legends of Krishna as Makkan Chor (butter thief).
Hindus celebrate Janmashtami by fasting, singing, praying together, preparing and sharing special meals, night awakenings and visiting Krishna or Vishnu temples. Major Krishna temples organize the recitation of ‘Bhagavata Purana’ and ‘Bhagavad Gita’. Many communities organize dance-drama programs called Raas Leelas or Krishna Leelas. The tradition of Raas Leela is particularly popular in the Mathura region, in the northeastern states of India such as Manipur and Assam, and in parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat. It is performed by several teams of amateur actors, cheered by their local communities, and these drama-dance dramas begin a few days before each Janmashtami.